Ukrainian firm DTEK has ordered 26 3-megawatt turbines from General Electric for the first phase of its 200-MW Primorskaya wind farm, said the companies. "As part of its commitments to the European Energy Community, Ukraine has to increase the share of renewable energy generation in the national energy balance to 11% by 2020," said DTEK Chairman and CEO Maksym Timchenko.
MHI Vestas has tapped Philippe Kavafyan as its new CEO and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard for the role of co-CEO, succeeding Jens Tommerup and Tetsushi Mizuno in their respective roles. The change goes into effect April 1 and supports the company's plan to change its leadership every four years.
Acciona Energia has secured a contact to supply Unilever with 23 gigawatt-hours of renewables for its Spanish operations in 2018, said Acciona. "We are delighted to work with them to reduce their carbon footprint as part of an ever-increasing strategy in the business world on a global level," said Green Energy Developments Director Santiago Gomez Ramos.
The French government unveiled a 10-point draft proposal Thursday that would streamline and accelerate the process for adding new wind farms. Ultimately, the government said it aims to double France's installed wind capacity by 2023.
NASA has successfully conducted initial testing of a compact nuclear power system designed to be used for long-term missions on the surface of Mars, the space agency said Thursday. The system, which uses a reactor core about the size of a paper towel roll, will undergo full-power testing in March.
With the government's commitment to promote nuclear energy, it's important for young people to get involved in learning about the nuclear power industry and moving it forward, said Suzanne Jaworowski, a senior advisor in the Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy. She said she hopes that with more education the public will understand the value of clean, reliable nuclear power.
Entergy and NextEra Energy have chosen not to renew their memberships with the Nuclear Energy Institute, the association said. "We are disappointed by the decision but remain committed to our role as the voice for the nuclear industry," NEI spokesman John Keeley said.
The arrival of a new CEO at software company MetricStream involved input from the previous CEO, who was also asked by the new CEO to serve on the board, writes Alan Fleischmann. This cooperative approach to transition allowed for tradition to merge with innovation making it a smoother experience for leadership and staff.
Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said that Poland is pushing forward with plans to construct its first nuclear power plant, and officials are close to creating a financial model for the project.
Toshiba has agreed to sell its claims against Westinghouse to a group of hedge funds led by the Baupost Group. The deal would cut down on the number of creditors and disagreements between them, potentially helping Westinghouse resolve its bankruptcy faster.